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ELITE Academy for Attorneys & Risk Managers – Class 1

National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO) ELITE Academy for Attorneys & Risk Managers - Class 1

Attorneys and Risk Managers from Counties Across the Country Attend Legal-Based Training in Utah

County attorneys and state and county risk management professionals from across the country gathered in Midway, Utah, to attend Class I of ELITE Academy for Attorneys and Risk Managers, hosted by the National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO) and the National Corrections and Detention Alliance (NCDA). The 3-day academy was created by NIJO and NCDA to provide invaluable information and training to proactively guide legal, risk reduction and liability strategies for attorneys and risk managers who represent correction and detention agencies.

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Key Features of ELITE Academy for Attorneys and Risk Managers

ELITE Academy for Attorneys and Risk Managers featured NIJO-approved curriculum taught by preeminent corrections defense litigators with decades of experience representing city, county, state, federal, and private jails, prisons, and detention centers across the country from district to Supreme Court levels. Topics covered during the academy included effective litigation and case handling strategies for defending Section 1983 constitutional violation claims, strategies for addressing government investigations, facility inspections, and addressing liability exposure. Beyond the benefits of diving deep into all aspects of corrections litigation and defense, attendees had opportunities to connect with each other to network and establish professional relationships beyond classroom discussions.

NIJO and NCDA are Committed to Providing Legal-Based Training for Jail Administrators & their Staff

The National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO) and the National Corrections and Detention Alliance (NCDA) is committed to providing exceptional legal-based training that aligns with the requirements of the Constitution, federal acts, and Supreme Court rulings. NIJO Executive Director, Tate McCotter, emphasizes the importance of this


focus, stating, “Most risk pools report jails are the largest liability in county government. Running a constitutionally safe corrections facility is incredibly challenging, which can be further exacerbated with frivolous litigation hoping to win on technicalities, critical differences in patrol and corrections laws, and an ever-changing custodial and legal environment. Our hope in putting this Academy together was to bridge known gaps and proactively address these issues rather than simply reacting to adverse events and litigation.”
McCotter emphasized the important and unique relationship between attorneys, risk managers and corrections administrators. When each distinct role is understood and valued, trust and confidence in established and new processes can be forged to create better outcomes for the facilities, risk pools, and attorneys who represent them.

About NIJO


The National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO) was formed as the primary resource dedicated to serve those that operate jails, detention, and correctional facilities. Recognizing the enormous liability an increasing litigation facing administrators, NIJO provides a compilation of legal-based resources and information for agencies to make facilities safer and more secure, proactively defend against frivolous litigation and protect against adverse publicity and liability.

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